Linking development & human rights - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and access to water.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Linking development & human rights" section of our site.


Key reports & guidance

“Human rights and development – Towards mutual reinforcement" [PDF], edited by Philip Alston and Mary Robinson, Oxford University Press, 2005

“Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals – Making the Link" [PDF], UNDP


Concerns, company responses & non-responses

The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding linking development & human rights.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

Chad: Publish What You Pay coalition & Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic call on ExxonMobil to refuse Chad’s request to pay oil revenues directly to government instead of into escrow account for poverty reduction, Mar 2006. No response from ExxonMobil.

Ghana: ActionAid report alleges AngloGold Ashanti operations exacerbate poverty, harm health & environment in Obuasi, Oct 2006. Response from AngloGold Ashanti.

Nigeria: Amnesty Intl. report "Petroleum, pollution and poverty in the Niger Delta", Jul 2009. Response from Shell.


Positive steps by companies

Global: Ericsson promotes awareness of Millennium Development Goals in initiative supported by Mary Robinson, Jeffrey Sachs

Global: UK Prime Minister convenes major companies in "Business Call to Action" to tackle world poverty - booklet describes steps by Vodafone, Sumitomo Chemical, SAB Miller, Reuters, Microsoft, Diageo, Coca-Cola, Citi to help combat poverty

Global: UN, Google, Cisco launch website to track global poverty, progress towards Millennium Development Goals

Global: WBCSD report on how companies can contribute to poverty alleviation & sustainable development. With case studies on companies including Anglo American

Global: Ten companies receive awards for contribution to UN Millennium Development Goals, presented by UNDP, ICC, IBLF

Peru: Converse forms partnership with indigenous embroiderers to create jobs & combat poverty


Lawsuits regarding linking development & human rights

Biwater-Tanzania arbitration over water provision in Dar es Salaam

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